World Population Tripled in past 65 years

tomar

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The world population tripled from 1950 (about 2.5 bio) to today (about 7.5 bio) in one average human life span

It took about a million years to get humans to the 2.5 bio mark.... and then in only 65 years we added twice that number.... or if you prefer the population has doubled since 1965 (past 50 years)

Its now a completely different world we live in... Balance between countries has changed dramatically (Indonesia for example has now about 4 times the UK's population while in the early 20th century the UK was just slightly below Indonesia in terms of population). Demands on resources and the environment have grown dramatically. And there is a generation of young people with no economic prospects who can only turn to emigration or violence in a multitude of countries

Propose your views on consequences, solutions and longer term impact. Also who bears responsibility for this uncontrolled population boom and what would be an optimal growth rate.
 

Sephiroth

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Feb 2015
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Countries stop growing in population as they reach a certain point of development. Earlier most parents got dozens of children with high rate of not surviving. In todays first world countries parents get just 1-2 children and if each country reaches first world standard, human population is not likely to grow. I think it was like 9 bio people where human population will become stagnant.
 

MarshallBudyonny

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Apr 2013
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The world population tripled from 1950 (about 2.5 bio) to today (about 7.5 bio) in one average human life span

It took about a million years to get humans to the 2.5 bio mark.... and then in only 65 years we added twice that number.... or if you prefer the population has doubled since 1965 (past 50 years)

Its now a completely different world we live in... Balance between countries has changed dramatically (Indonesia for example has now about 4 times the UK's population while in the early 20th century the UK was just slightly below Indonesia in terms of population). Demands on resources and the environment have grown dramatically. And there is a generation of young people with no economic prospects who can only turn to emigration or violence in a multitude of countries

Propose your views on consequences, solutions and longer term impact. Also who bears responsibility for this uncontrolled population boom and what would be an optimal growth rate.
Resource scarcity issues will continue to be a pressing problem for a prolonged period of time until, inevitably, nations which have recently undergone the quickest population growth reach a level of development at which they undergo natural population decline. The world's population will eventually stabilise and undergo a natural decline, however the damage that will be dealt before that occurs will likely be significant.
 

tomar

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Jan 2011
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Countries stop growing in population as they reach a certain point of development. Earlier most parents got dozens of children with high rate of not surviving. In todays first world countries parents get just 1-2 children and if each country reaches first world standard, human population is not likely to grow. I think it was like 9 bio people where human population will become stagnant.
Not necessarily true... There is immigration.... The US roughly doubled between 1955 and today

also not everyone will reach 1st world standards... some countries simply do not have the resources for it
 
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something at some point will have to happen for sure. Unlimited growth is something only bad economists can pretend it exists in real world.

what will happen i don't know, future is unpredictable in that sense. You can try to foresee trends but some events are unpredictable.
For what we know North Korea can attack Japan tomorrow.
Than Japan retaliates, than china retaliates, than US retaliates, and it's WW3.
Maybe Yellowstone explodes and half of the U.S. are lost therefore you have a void in power and china and russian trying to fill it and it's another ww3.
Maybe big famines, maybe plagues like the black plague or the hispanic. Natural disasters are hard to foretell.
 
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tomar

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Jan 2011
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something at some point will have to happen for sure. Unlimited growth is something only bad economists can pretend it exists in real world.

what will happen i don't know, future is unpredictable in that sense. You can try to foresee trends but some events are unpredictable.
For what we know North Korea can attack Japan tomorrow.
Than Japan retaliates, than china retaliates, than US retaliates, and it's WW3.
Maybe Yellowstone explodes and half of the U.S. are lost therefore you have a void in power and china and russian trying to fill it and it's another ww3.
Maybe big famines, maybe plagues like the black plague or the hispanic. Natural disasters are hard to foretell.
well if nothing happens but the growth stops at some point there will be the "old age" problem.... those billions of baby boomers will grow old and who will support them
 

Earl_of_Rochester

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Feb 2011
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The world's population will continue to spiral out of control in 2nd and 3rd world countries like India and Africa. This, combined with a lack of energy, water and food will result in an irresistible surge of people from the sub-continent into Western Civilisation and cause a catastrophic disaster not seen since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Europe will descend into chaos in trying to support the constant boat loads of immigrants and there will be a complete demographic and cultural change due to being flooded with a foreign peoples. This in turn will lead to increased ghettoisation, sectarian violence and civil war due to the massive strain on infrastructure and wealth.

John B. Calhoun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_sink"]Behavioral sink - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
 

tomar

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Jan 2011
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The world's population will continue to spiral out of control in 2nd and 3rd world countries like India and Africa. This, combined with a lack of energy, water and food will result in an irresistible surge of people from the sub-continent into Western Civilisation and cause a catastrophic disaster not seen since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Europe will descend into chaos in trying to support the constant boat loads of immigrants and there will be a complete demographic and cultural change due to being flooded with a foreign peoples. This in turn will lead to increased ghettoisation, sectarian violence and civil war due to the massive strain on infrastructure and wealth.
Optimism :lol:

As far as we are considering extreme scenarios, will there be a temptation to use nuclear weapons to take out a couple of billions (that will be the real reason, the justification will be no doubt manufactured ) ?
 

RoryOMore

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Mar 2012
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Life expectancy has increased by about 50% in the specified time period, with more improvement in the poorer (including the poorest countries):

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/mortality/worldMortalityReport2009.pdf

Basically, there's nothing to see here. As population as grown, wealth has increased, and people have lived longer and healthier. Expect more of the same - we actually have to be warier of declining populations beginning in 50 years or so than of anything involved with population growth.
 

Sephiroth

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Feb 2015
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also not everyone will reach 1st world standards... some countries simply do not have the resources for it
I think it is possible to reach this. The first world countries of today will develop further and the second and third ones will catch up to todays first world standards.